San Francisco State University Development


University Development engages and stewards private donations in support of the entire University. Funds raised bolster student success through scholarships, programmatic and faculty support, and the improvement and creation of new facilities. Fundraising in the department is currently focused on the University’s $150 million BOLD Thinking comprehensive fundraising campaign. 

The department includes ten development officers who work closely with academic deans and are dedicated to each of the University’s colleges as well as Athletics. Additional divisions under University Development include Planned Giving, Corporate and Foundation Relations, Communications and Donor Relations, Development Research & Prospect Management and support staff. Departmental fundraising also encompasses Student Affairs & Enrollment Management, Undergraduate Education, Academic Planning and the J. Paul Leonard Library.


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University Development facilitates generous gifts from private donors to San Francisco State University. These funds are a vital component in supporting academic excellence and accessibility to all students at the University.



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BOLD Thinking

Our $150 Million Comprehensive Campaign

Shaping San Francisco State University's future as a world-class university.


Development News

Juanita Tamayo Lott has written a book about her experiences as a striker in the 1968 SF State strikes and a has been a lifelong supporter of the University's College of Ethnic Studies.

The first cohort of undergraduate researchers supported by the Marcus Funds for Excellence in the LIberal Arts has been funded.

Ida Lewenstein describes her late husband, Morris R. Lewenstein, an SF State professor and founder of the University’s first social science program, as a passionate, lifelong learner. She hopes the new scholarship she has funded in his memory will carry his passion forward.

Global Museum, Partially Funded by the San Francisco State University Foundation's Mary MacWilliam Fund, Opens Its Doors

Faculty, staff and students in the Museum Studies Program spent a year preparing to move the collections, in consultation with independent conservators and preparators who also worked with the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. They checked the condition of all materials. They choreographed every literal step — analyzing possible roadblocks such as weather, foot traffic, narrow doors and corridors and elevator access.